On one of my trips to Chongqing China, I was able to visit and tour a most remarkable religious site in China, the Dazu Rock Carvings.
As Americans, most of us think of religious sites as spiritual expressions in the form of cathedrals and architecture, and possibly artifacts and cities from the bible. China is a country that has had almost no outside influence of religion until more recent and modern times, but is a country that is still deeply impacted by religion in many ways. China is a country full of mystery and surprises that amaze me. They have many of their own forms of spiritual expression in history that many of us aren’t familiar with.
With an ancient culture that began over 4,000 years ago, religion has had a significant impact in forming and shaping China. Chinese are taught at an early age: Confucian philosophy, Taoist ideas and in some ways the importance of Buddhism on their culture. The Dazu Rock Carvings are an amazing example of ancient Buddhist spiritual expression that would be on par with some of our western achievements as a form of worship.
The Dazu Carvings were created throughout the the Tang, Ming and Qing Dynasties (650CE – 1911CE). They are a collaboration of work created by many artists throughout 1,100 years in Dazu County. They are still in beautiful condition and remain an essential heritage site of Chinese culture and history.
You can read more about the Dazu Rock Carvings HERE.